I went to Gamescom 2023 in Germany and received to expertise Tune of Nunu gameplay first-hand, which shortly grew to become one of many highlights of my journey.
It’s best to know I write this preview as a post-beta League of Legends participant who can’t appear to cease enjoying and writing in regards to the sport. I’ve tons of skins and hundreds of thousands of mastery factors… simply not in Nunu and Willump.
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Thought of some of the unpopular champions in League of Legends, the champion has a complete of 11 skins on the time of writing. In distinction, tremendous standard champions like Lux, Miss Fortune, and Ahri have close to 20 skins with status editions, particular editions, and all kinds of chromas.
Due to this, I used to be interested in why Riot Forge and Tequila Works determined to make a whole sport on one of many least picked champions in League of Legends and the way I’ll really feel about it, contemplating I’ve no emotional attachment to this champion.
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Tune of Nunu gameplay preview: Too cute, too cute, too cute, and surprisingly enjoyable
Not going to lie, Ruined King was an immediate purchase. Viego is my king within the League of Legends universe. And since Morgana is in The Mageseeker, I picked that up too.
Nunu and Willump? Not precisely a champion that rents house in my thoughts. The one time I actually take into consideration them is once we’re on Howling Abyss and there’s one on the enemy group. No one desires to die from a totally charged “cover on bush” Absolute Zero. It’s embarrassing.
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Fortunately there’s nothing embarrassing about messing up and dying in Tune of Nunu, which was a aid. The sport will not be punishing, Riot Forge Inventive Director Rowan Parker and Tequila Works Affiliate Recreation Producer Tom Ruiz assured me, as they guided me by way of the demo. In case you miss a bounce otherwise you fall, you possibly can merely replay it.
This occurred a couple of occasions throughout the playthrough. Particularly, there was one robust bounce I merely couldn’t make. As a result of its distance, you needed to bounce at exactly the fitting body with a purpose to get throughout. Tom tried to assist me, and he too wanted a couple of occasions to lastly make the bounce, so it could very properly might not find yourself within the remaining sport.
You’ll additionally be capable of climb rocks, take away obstacles, sled by way of the snow, and play the flute, to call a couple of. One of many spotlight mechanics for me was creating terrain with snowballs, a standout trait of the 2009 OG champion.
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Reaching a river, we used Nunu to goal and throw snowballs onto the water, which freezes it up. Willump then walks over the frozen ice to get throughout. We even froze a waterfall whereas hanging off a cliff, remodeling it into satisfactory terrain.
One of the best of half in all that is that Willump’s piggyback mechanic is computerized. The sport is aware of if you’re about to enter into an encounter that requires each of their abilities, so Willump mechanically places Nunu on his again. Superb how your greatest buddy is ready to learn your thoughts.
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These puzzles are interspersed with dialogue and interactions between the 2, as we find out about their previous and why they’re on this journey collectively. Though it was a brief playthrough, I might really feel how a lot love there’s between them and the way a lot love Tequila Works put into these characters, which brought on my impression of them as a single League of Legends champion to soften away.
Topping all of it off, there’s a devoted “hug button”. Press it, and Nunu and Willump will maintain hugging one another, which positively gave me heat and fuzzy emotions inside. Aww!
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